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In this issue...Seedy Saturday...Landfill Tipping Fees...Southern Alberta Water Charter...Upcoming Events...Green News Stories
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March 25 is Seedy Saturday

Along with our partners, Environment Lethbridge will be hosting Seedy Saturday in Lethbridge on March 25 at Southminster United Church.

In addition to providing an opportunity for Lethbridge residents to exchange seeds and learn from each other, we will be hosting exhibit space for local plant and gardening related businesses and community organizations. Seedy Saturday will also feature activities and workshops for all ages including DIY mason bee houses, growing plants from cuttings, and more.

Please watch for more information on our website and Facebook page. We are currently taking registrations from organizations and businesses who would like to be exhibitors. More information is available on our website.

Increase in Landfill Tipping Fees


2016 was a busy year for recycling news in Lethbridge. One piece of news that seems to have been overlooked by many people are the changes that have been implemented to tipping fees at the landfill.

For those who aren't aware, tipping fees are the price per tonne that everyone pays to deposit garbage in the landfill. Prior to the City approving its Industrial, Commercial and Institutional waste reduction strategy last year, these tipping fees were $65 per tonne. Under the new strategy, the fees will be increased by $10 per year until 2020. At that time, the City will implement mandatory bans on certain items such as cardboard, organics and certain building materials, which must be recycled instead being landfilled.

The combination of the increased fees and the ban of designated materials should go a long way to helping Lethbridge's businesses achieve a 45% diversion rate by 2030. For more information, visit the City's website.

Southern Alberta Water Charter

Water is one of our most important resources and everyone has a role to play in protecting our watershed. The Oldman Watershed Council has launched the Southern Alberta Water Charter, which will unite municipalities, organizations and individuals in taking action for a healthy watershed.

To sign on to the Water Charter, visit OWC's website and download the charter. Choose a project that will help the watershed and complete it by Labour Day. OWC will help promote you and your project so that everyone can learn about what you are doing to help our water.

Upcoming Events

February 8, 6:30 pm. The Wild Side of Love. Helen Schuler Nature Centre. Annual Valentine's dinner at the Nature Centre.

February 9 and 10. AGILITY Innovation Summit: The Future of Food. University of Lethbridge. 

February 10, 1pm. Voices of the Oldman: Agriculture Matters. Twin Butte Community Hall. Hosted the Oldman Watershed Council.

February 12, 2pm The Great Backyard Bird Count. Helen Schuler Nature Centre. 

February 12. 5:30 pm. Open Meeting and Potluck. Lethbridge Sustainable Living Association. 

February 14, 10:30 am. Senior's Advocate: Dr. Sheree Kwong See. Hosted by the Lethbridge Senior Citizen's Organization. 

February 16, 7 pm. Alberta in the Anthropecene with Dr. Kent Peacock. City Hall Atrium, part of the University of Lethbridge Public Professor Series.

February 20, 11am-4pm. Family Day at Helen Schuler Nature Centre. Activities include maple sugar shack, solar cooking and nature walks.

February 24. 7pm. Welcome to the Food Forest. Hosted by Permaculture Lethbridge. Public presentation about food forest benefits and design.

February 25, 9am-5pm Design and Plant Your Edible Food Forest. Hosted by Permaculture Lethbridge. Full day workshop.

February 26, 8pm. The 24th Street Wailers. Geomatic Attic.

March 1, 2pm. Voices of the Oldman: Agriculture Matters. Stavely Community Hall. Hosted the Oldman Watershed Council.

March 2, 7pm. Film Screening: Bicicles. At the Lethbridge Public Library, hosted by Bikebridge. 

March 1-3. Ag Expo. Exhibition Park.

March 7 - 4pm. Lethbridge Green Drinks. Owl Acoustic Lounge 411-3 Ave S. Informal gathering to discuss environmental issues, projects and solutions. First Tuesday of each month.

Green News Stories

Recycling program keeps cell phones out of the trash
Lethbridge Herald Jan 15, 2017

City to plant 150 trees to celebrate Canada's 150th anniversary
Lethbridge Herald Jan 17, 2017

War against mussels continues
Lethbridge Herald Jan 18, 2017

More protection for the Castle
Lethbridge Herald, Jan 20, 2017

Water Charter proposed for Southern Alberta
Lethbridge Herald Jan 21, 2017

Group stresses opposition to mandatory curbside recycling
Lethbridge Herald Jan 25, 2017

Lethbridge mayor says there is only one way curbside recycling will be stopped
Global News Jan 25, 2017

Solar panel industry stuck in limbo waiting for Alberta government incentives
CBC Feb 8, 2017
February 2017

Also in this issue:


Increase in Landfill Tipping Fees

Southern Alberta Water Charter

Upcoming Events

Green News Stories

Sustainability Tips
Closing your blinds and curtains at night helps to keep the heat inside. Windows can lose up to 10x the amount of heat at night as they do during the day. Don't forget the spare room!

Did you know?
Zero waste has come to Lethbridge! A local Facebook group for Southern Alberta Zero Waste is sharing tips about their zero waste journey. 

Do you have news, events or opportunities that you would like to share through our newsletter? Email your content to info@environmentlethbridge.org before the 25th of each month.

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